JKLF rejects Govt's talks offer
12 April 2001
The Indian Express
New Delhi: Pakistan-based Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has rejected the offer of talks by the Indian Government, saying it fell "far short" of a 'serious and result bearing gesture" and stressed that lasting peace could come about only after resolution of the Kashmir issue. The announcement by New Delhi "made no mention of solving the Kashmir issue. It just talked of talks to establish peace," JKLF chief Amanullah Khan said, adding "mere establishment of peace would not solve the problem." He said "Whether or not the offer was based on sincerity, it did fall far short of a serious and result-bearing gesture as it was devoid of the necessary and basic ingredients." Khan, who spearheaded the start of current militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, said if the Indian Government was "really serious" to bring about peace in the region, it "must take concrete steps to solve the Kashmir issue." "All that needed to be done to bring permanent peace to the region is to solve the Kashmir issue which is the basic cause of the state of affairs that has been prevailing in the area since 1947," he said. He said the best way to ensure permanent peace in South Asia was to solve the Kashmir issue "Peacefully and equitably without hurting the national egos of India or Pakistan, without harming their national ideologies or legitimate national interests, without causing mass-migrations, communal or ethnic disturbances and on the basis of Kashmiri people's national aspirations."